Festus Adedayo

    The sanctimony of Nigerian Army against Rawlings, Nzeogwu’s ghosts

The sanctimony of Nigerian Army against Rawlings, Nzeogwu’s ghosts

The symbolism of blood in Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings’ name must have terribly scared the Nigerian Army. So also the “baboon drenched in blood” picture of the July 29, 1966 mutiny-turned coup codenamed Operation Araba. Worse still was the image of bullet-ridden bodies of politicians in the January 15, 1966 coup, about the bloodiest putsch in the history of [...]

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    Can Buhari separate two chickens in a fight?

Can Buhari separate two chickens in a fight?

Hassan Ayariga, founder of the All People’s Congress (APC) of Ghana, in a recent viral video, publicly reminded Nigerians that their country had become a butt of jokes in international discourses. Right before our very eyes, Ayariga rudely poked his hands into our eyeballs. Nigerians are however taking the insult in their strides because they know Ayariga had their balls [...]

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    Akpabio/Nunieh: Of sex and sleaze in high places

Akpabio/Nunieh: Of sex and sleaze in high places

Watchers of the flick of lurid but disgusting theatre in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) starring Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio and erstwhile Managing Director of the commission, Ms. Joy Nunieh, were served a menu of at least three blockbuster films, for the price of one. On the menu were the following: sex and power game in high [...]

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    Magu, maggots and Maga dogs

Magu, maggots and Maga dogs

Again, the system felled Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last week. It had always done that. Olusegun Obasanjo, the maiden president at inception of Nigeria’s fourth republic, first erected the crucifixion upon which a crime-fighting czar was hung. While employing the old Yoruba verbal denunciation of thieves by way of pouting lips, clapping [...]

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    The Hushpuppi, Woodberry jibiti generation

The Hushpuppi, Woodberry jibiti generation

Until their arrest and extradition last week by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Ray Hushpuppi and his accomplice in cyber-heist, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as ‘Woodberry,’ played second fiddle only to Emmanuel Nwude, former Director of the defunct Union Bank of Nigeria, known to have swung the third largest jibiti [...]

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    APC as one big forest of lion, hyena and cobra

APC as one big forest of lion, hyena and cobra

Professor of Linguistics and President, Academy of Letters, Francis Egbokhare of the University of Ibadan, on an Ibadan, Oyo State, radio programme where we both appeared yesterday, made a profound analysis of the ongoing political chess-gaming in the All Progressives Party (APC). Only last week, at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari had dissolved [...]

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    Edo: Of Oshiomhole and Saraki’s snail, naked masquerade allegories

Edo: Of Oshiomhole and Saraki’s snail, naked masquerade allegories

Court-suspended All Progressives Party (APC) Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, a few days before his court ouster, subtly flexed his power muscles and demonstrated a commendable grasp of African proverbs and aphorisms. Taking to his Twitter handle to do this, Oshiomhole had announced that "You don't run after a snail. When you're ready (to make it a cuisine), you pick it up [...]

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    Pulling down Christopher Columbus’, Buhari statues

Pulling down Christopher Columbus’, Buhari statues

You may not like their reckless consumption of drugs, the airs they put on as “stars” and the pumped-up peacock ego sometimes exhibited by them at their apogee of stardom. The reality, however, is that, popular culture musicians, indigenous African musicians, that is, and even Africanist musicians among them, are prophets of some sorts. The ones who consume cannabis among [...]

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    Majek Fashek and the curse of drug addiction

Majek Fashek and the curse of drug addiction

The death of Nigerian singer-songwriter, guitarist and reggae music lord, Majek Fashek, in New York, America, last week threw Nigerians into a nostalgic mood. It brought into memory the exact picture of a musical icon who the country lost to the icy pincers of death. Reports of his passage sauced his strides on the dancehall with near-magical exploits while he reigned. As [...]

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    Why Trump may throw AfDB Adesina inside the Bandama River

Why Trump may throw AfDB Adesina inside the Bandama River

Occasionally, some occurrences on the African continent remind us of how vulnerable we are. Or, put in the lingo of neocolonialism advocates, how tied to the apron strings of the west Africa is, over six decades after the colonialists physically left the African shores. Such also tell us, as our late brother, Robert Nesta Marley, musically sermonized in our ears, [...]

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    Amaechi’s theory of the monkey and Nigerian politicians

Amaechi’s theory of the monkey and Nigerian politicians

Away from the ravages of COVID-19 and the dispiriting news of multiple infections and rising deaths, the interview granted last week by Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to the Punch newspaper made an interesting reading. In the interview, Amaechi revealed a lot about himself, the nature of Nigerian politics, the vicissitudes of Nigerian politics and the landmines-filled terrain that [...]

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    The conversations on Agboola Gambari

The conversations on Agboola Gambari

If credentials and academic certificates/laurels approximated excellence, by now, applauses to President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of Ibrahim Agboola Gambari as successor to the late Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff should be reaching their crescendo. Rather, the high-caliber diplomat and academic, who studied in respected universities of the world, has literally been suffocating under torrents of heavy [...]

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    COVID-19: Time to go Madagascar

COVID-19: Time to go Madagascar

Like many other societies in the world, Africa boasts of a past that is ambivalent, a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. She had villains, despots, tyrants, developmental leaders and all sorts as rulers. As she had a ruthless hero in leader of the Zulu Kingdom, Shaka kaSenzangakhona, better known as Shaka the Zulu, who reigned from [...]

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    Insult as treason and other Nigerian Idi Amin Dada stories

Insult as treason and other Nigerian Idi Amin Dada stories

Two pieces of literary works - Williams Stevenson’s thriller, Ninety Minutes at Entebbe and the film, The Last King of Scotland (2006) – plot the graph of the gradual emergence of despots. They were both x-rays of Ugandan despot, Idi Amin Dada of Uganda. Stevenson’s was an account of the June 27, 1976 hijack of an Air France Flight 139, hijacked by terrorists and flown [...]

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    Should we hang Abba Kyari on the crucifix or beatify him?

Should we hang Abba Kyari on the crucifix or beatify him?

Last week, conversations on the kind of man and the type of life lived by Malam Abba Kyari, late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari – especially in the last five years or so of his life – almost deposed the narratives of the tragic coronavirus war Nigerians are fighting. Lest I forget, I apologize for my last week [...]

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    Abba Kyari’s death and Koronu people in COVID-19 Nigeria

Abba Kyari’s death and Koronu people in COVID-19 Nigeria

The death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, last Friday, like the death of any mortal, calls for sober reflection. May God grant the repose of his soul. However, for all of us – politicians, those controlling the levers of political power, lowly-placed people and humanity in entirety – the major lesson therein, aside the ephemerality of [...]

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